hope is greater

A little while back, I wrote a post about the limitations of the English language, particularly for the word love. How is it possible that this rich verb can be used to describe the most beautiful union between man and women, while at the same time describing affection for a pair of shoes?!

It recently dawned on me, that the same goes for the word hope. This was the word I received for the new year, and the Lord keeps revealing to me how necessary hope is for the world- especially in these confusing times.

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It’s funny though, how often we use this word for everyday, simple experiences.”I hope it doesn’t rain today”, “I hope we make it on time”, I hope she likes the gift”… you get the idea!

Yet in reality, hope is so much more than these simple desires we ascribe to it. Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church writes about hope:

The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the hopes that inspire men’s activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity.

CCC #1818

Isn’t that beautiful!? Hope is like the compass that points us to our heavenly home! It’s the antidote against discouragement, depression, despair. Hope leads us to happiness, opens our hearts, and reminds us that we are journeying towards Christ himself.

It is my prayer, that you, wherever you are, and whatever you might be going through, are renewed and strengthened by this promise of authentic hope. Let us all fix our eyes above the current situation, and hope in what is to come, and in He who is the source of our hope.

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2 thoughts on “hope is greater

  1. Your welcome! I like this concept of the small “h” and capital “H” hope. I think your right that hope is connected to many other virtues, like love and charity. In the eyes of the world, that would probably be viewed as optimism or positivity. But with Hope, the motivating factor is the Beatific Vision and entering the Kingdom of God. Both kinds of “ hope” are needed to get us through the day, and get us through our whole life. Thanks for your comment and thoughts- gives me more to think and pray on as well. God bless!

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  2. Thank you for this post, it really struck me differently. I consider myself an optimist but I’ve never thought of that as “hopeful”–not that I’m not hopeful, just that it’s a different way of looking at it. Hope connects to a lot of the virtues, too. The ultimate end of hope is the Kingdom of Heaven, right? For yourself, for those around you, even for your enemies. And wishing your enemies to go to heaven–isn’t that love? Beyond that–what matters more than loving and worshiping God? All temporal concerns pale in comparison to the ultimate hope in Christ.

    That makes me think there’s two phases to hope. There’s immediate hope–“I hope tomorrow goes better than today”, that functions by giving yourself something to look forward to. It makes suffering tolerable by the promise of something better, later. But then there’s capital-H-Hope–divine Hope. This makes suffering tolerable by putting suffering in it’s proper context, as a minute and fleeting part of this brief, earthbound life. The former helps you focus on something else, the latter keeps your focus from being distracted.

    You have given me something to think about and pray on, thank you very much. God bless you!

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